Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”
Today, I will choose to be thankful and bless The Lord no matter how my body may feel. Right now, if you have given up food, it is normal for your body to go through some of the same symptoms of withdrawal. Too much salt, sugar, and caffeine in our daily lives will cause headaches, nausea, achy limbs, a general feeling of weakness… as these are removed, and the body rids itself of toxins. The good news is that these fleshly oppositions should pass today or tomorrow completely.
If you have decided to participate in this fast, the only question now is –
What’s it worth to you?
In our daily lives, we rarely have to give up anything of true value. However, when we do, we must calculate if it is truly worth it. There is a great difference between when you look into your purse or wallet and decide what you will pay for a shirt, book, or meal; and when you must consider the price you would pay for college, a car, or a house. An object is only worth as much as we are willing to give for it. Careful thought is put into how much a man will pay for a ring because you cannot put a price on the one that you really love.
As we fast and go through the daily troubles and temptations (i.e. your boss buying your favorite lunch for everyone the first day of the fast) let us look to Jesus and consider how much He is worth to us.
Maybe this is where you find yourself today:
2 Corinthians 4:8-11 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
Troubles, persecutions, and the death of the enemy may come upon us in many different ways, but even as our flesh is delivered to death it is a necessary sacrifice to manifest the life of Jesus in our flesh!
May the life of Jesus shine out of you today and bring glory to The Father!
Something else to think about. In the middle of a discourse on denying your flesh, Jesus asks these two questions in Mark 8:36-37: For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
What is a soul truly worth?
Jesus bled, suffered, and died that your soul might be set free. That is how much your soul is worth to Him.
How much is Jesus truly worth to You?
How much do you value the lost souls around you?
Jesus, I am willing to do whatever it takes and give up whatever it costs that You may be glorified and that lost souls may come into Your Kingdom!!! Help me to truly value You not just in my words but in my daily actions of obedience!
• Read Mark 8:34-38 and contemplate the value of a soul.
• Make sure you have included a list of lost or backslidden people in your daily prayer time.
• Listen and obey when Holy Spirit brings up specific things to do for these individuals.
Be blessed to know the true value of your soul and the souls of those around you as you are propelled into the next level!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!